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No, Samsung is not launching refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in India

Samsung refutes reports about the launch of refurbished Galaxy Note 7 with smaller battery and tweaked design.

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If you were waiting for the reincarnation of the Galaxy Note 7, you are in for a disappointment. Samsung has downright refuted reports claiming it was planning on launching refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phablets with certain tweaks. A Samsung India spokesperson told BGR India that the report is “incorrect.”

A report on a Korean website yesterday claimed that Samsung is planning on selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in countries like India, Vietnam, and South Korea. These refurbished phablets were said to feature a smaller battery — 3,000mAh as opposed to 3,200mAh — and also come without the dual-edged curved display. The report further went on to claim that these phablets would be sold at a much lower price tag. But a Samsung India spokesperson told BGR India, “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in India is incorrect.”

The Galaxy Note 7 has proven to be a nightmare for Samsung. The company had to recall all the units it sold, and as a result incur losses in the range of $5.2 billion. In such a scenario, the idea of Samsung still harboring some hopes from the Galaxy Note 7 seemed too good to be true.

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 7 failed because of an “aggressive battery design” wherein the battery was too big to fit comfortably in the cramped chassis. To ensure there isn’t a repeat of this, Samsung has put in place strict new quality assurance protocols. These include an 8-point battery safety check, which will address safety of batteries right from component level to their assembly and shipment of devices. Others include a durability test, a visual inspection, and also an X-Ray test to look for abnormalities inside the batteries. Lastly, the company will also conduct a large scale charge and discharge test.

Now all eyes are on the next Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, which are expected to be launched sometime in March. Samsung is taking its time to ensure nothing goes wrong, and hence the flagship smartphones won’t be unveiled at MWC 2017 later this week. ALSO READ: MWC 2017: From LG G6 to Nokia 3310, launches to expect

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  • Published Date: February 22, 2017 2:15 PM IST


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